magnetic field

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Surface magnetic field of Tau Scorpii as reconstructed by means of Zeeman–Doppler imaging


magnetic field (plural magnetic fields)

  1. (physics) A condition in the space around a magnet or electric current in which there is a detectable magnetic force and two magnetic poles are present.
    • 1983, Ronald T. Merrill, Michael W. McElhinny, The Earth's Magnetic Field: Its History, Origin, and Planetary Perspective, Academic Press, page 135:
      David (1904) and Brunhes (1906) first observed magnetizations in lava flows that were roughly opposed to that of the present earth's magnetic field.
    • 1996, V. R. Khalilov, Electron Strong Magnetic Field, [1988, V. R. Khalilov, Elektroni v silnom magnetom poli, Energoatomizdat, Moscow], Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, page 123,
      In contrast to the IQHE[Integer Quantum Hall Effect], the fractional quantum Hall effect occurs in much stronger magnetic fields, and in this case electrons cannot be considered as noninteracting ones.
    • 2007, Eugene N. Parker, Conversations on Electric and Magnetic Fields in the Cosmos, Princeton University Press, page 25:
      The magnetic field B bears the same relation to a hypothetical magnetic charge m as the electric field bears to the electric charge q, so the development of the previous chapter can be taken over completely. The stress tensor for a magnetic field Bi is identical in form to that for the electric field. The energy density is obviously B2/8π and the magnetic field is a physical reality just like the electric field. Electric and magnetic fields superpose linearly [] . This is perhaps a convenient place to remark that a magnetic field exerts no force whatever on an electric charge.
    • 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect, Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, →OCLC, PC, scene: Turians: Biology Codex entry:
      The turian homeworld, Palaven, has a metal-poor core, generating a weak magnetic field and allowing more solar radiation into the atmosphere.
    • 2023 November 15, Prof. Jim Wild, “This train was delayed because of bad weather in space”, in RAIL, number 996, page 30:
      The scientific instruments of the day recorded rapid fluctuations in the Earth's magnetic field, as powerful electrical currents flowed through the upper atmosphere.
    1. (modern) B-field.
    2. (dated) H-field.



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